BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Kaleida Health and Buffalo Public Schools will
be among organizations and individuals recognized as important UB
partners during UB Partners Day on June 13.
The annual event features an awards luncheon, along with a half
day of workshops showcasing how UB, businesses, nonprofits and
public agencies are collaborating to support Buffalo Niagara's
This year's scheduled keynote speaker is Bruce Katz, vice
president at the Brookings Institution and founding director of the
Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. Katz, who is advising Gov.
Andrew Cuomo on economic development in Buffalo and across the
state, will speak on the topic, "What's happening with the $1
billion for Buffalo challenge?"
An agenda and registration information are available at http://www.buffalo.edu/businessengagement/News/Events/index.php.
During the luncheon, Kaleida Health will receive the
university's Vital Partner Award. Kaleida Health and UB have worked
together for many years to improve medical research and clinical
care in Western New York.
Most recently, on May 24, the two organizations opened a $291
million building downtown that houses the new Gates Vascular
Institute and Clinical and Translational Research Center. Kaleida
Health physicians and UB researchers will share the 10-story space
with the Jacobs Institute, delivering clinical care, studying the
causes and treatments of an array of diseases, and spurring new
Other Partners Day honorees will include Joseph A. Gardella, UB
John and Frances Larkin Professor of Chemistry, who will share the
University Community Partners Award with Buffalo Public
Gardella and the district are heading the Interdisciplinary
Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP), a $10 million program
funded primarily by the National Science Foundation to encourage
hands-on laboratory and field work in science classes. The program
provides about 60 teachers a year with interdisciplinary,
research-based professional development opportunities, along with a
network of supporters to staff activities in class and after
school. Buffalo State College and the Buffalo Museum of Science are
also core partners in ISEP.
David G. Hangauer, associate professor of chemistry and
co-founder of Buffalo life sciences company Kinex Pharmaceuticals,
will receive UB's Faculty Entrepreneur Award.
This year's workshops will highlight how UB's partners have
leveraged UB resources to support business and community
One session will describe how IBC Digital, a local animation
company, has used UB supercomputing capabilities to render videos
with complicated effects and a high production value. Another will
focus on how UB resources like law clinics and the Center for
Entrepreneurial Leadership can advance social entrepreneurship.
In all, attendees will choose from more than a dozen
presentations held during three morning sessions.